How it works

New to Workaway? Here you'll find all you need to know about our unique community.

A Host is: Looking to meet people, learn about different cultures and seeking some help. Able to provide a welcoming, friendly environment. promotes and encourages cultural exchange and learning.

Hosts on Workaway should be interested in meeting new people and sharing experiences. They should be able to provide a welcoming friendly environment for visitors as well as offering accommodation and food. 

Hosts running a business (or asking for help with a business activity) should provide accommodation and pay at least the minimum wage in their country for all hours worked.

In return they can expect to receive new friends from all over the world who are interested in helping out and learning about new ways of life. The help offered is generally for around 5 hours per day, 5 days a week. This can be anything which is within reach of a willing visitor.

Some typical examples of fun and worthwhile exchanges have been creating eco gardens, boat sitting, house sitting, baby sitting, doing the school run, pet sitting, helping to construct natural earth houses, sharing in family cooking, giving a hand with general maintenance, teaching and practising languages but of course the list can be endless.

Remember travellers come to have a different experience to what they are used to in their own country. Many are students on a year out, but some are professionals on a career break. There are families, retirees and others that come simply to practice a language. This means that they should be made to feel part of the family, community or team. Hosts on Workaway interact with visitors as much as they can. 

Once approved as a host on, members are able to message you through the website. Remember we only provide interested parties with a way to contact you (your email is not given out or visible on the site) and we only show the general area in which you live. The choice to offer and accept the volunteer for an exchange is entirely up to you. After the first contact has been made, you can then provide more specific details should you wish to.

You are also able to view details of Workawayers who have messaged you in their profile, including photos and any other information they have provided upon signing up.

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Benefits of being a Workaway Host

  • It's free
  • Get on top of those jobs you've been meaning to do
  • Meet new people, make new friends and share adventures
  • Let the world come to you
  • Exchange skills. Learn and teach new skills
  • Learn and practice a new language
  • Get fresh ideas and perspectives on your project
  • Create new inspirations and dynamics
  • Become part of the global community
  • Revisit with your own city/ town!
  • Have more friends around the world and places to stay
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